Sierra Leone teenager earmarked for greatness


The Ajax Amsterdam academy is renowned for plucking up and nurture young talented players into a world-class finished product.

Edwin van der Sar, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert – the list is endless of successful world-class coming through their ranks.

Sierra Leonean teen James Fofana is one of the latest prospects dubbed the ‘next big thing’. The 15-year-old teen sensation tipped for stardom.

Fofana started his career at PSV Eindhoven at the age of six before moving to Ajax in March 2014, he’s is a central defender and can also play right back.

Since the 2007/2008 season, he was active in the youth academy of PSV, where he plays for C1 youth side. The Sierra Leonean-born confirmed he has played twice for the Dutch junior side against Belgium in a friendly competition.


Fofana is hoping he can follow in the footsteps of great Ajax academy graduate and has set his sights on Ajax Amsterdam first team in the next five years.

The Dutch international is still eligible to play for his country of birth Sierra Leone and Fofana is aspiring to be Ajax’s next big star.

He told, “First I want to make my family proud especially my dad, who has worked so hard in my development.

“In the next five years, I want to be part of the Ajax Amsterdam first team, which would be competing for everything in Holland and Europe.”

The Ajax youth Academy is one of the best across Europe having produced world-class talents and still producing – the likes of Edgar Davids, Rafael van der Vaart, and Wesley Sneijder are all Dutch international from the Ajax system.

The former RKSV Ospel player has gone from strength-to-strength – he has impressed coach Peter Van Der Veen with his work rate and physical maturity at such a young age.

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